Are Boards Talking About ESG? Pearl Meyer

This is disappointing. The panel suggests they need to look at ESG to respond to proxy advisors and investors. They need to look at ESG for the same reason proxy advisors and investors do; to better assess investment risk and return.

ISS’s Lorraine Kelly Responds to SEC Rule on Proxy Advisors

Lorraine Kelly, head of governance business at ISS, writes in Barron’s about the SEC’s proxy advisory rule. An excerpt: Since last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has been swept up in a well-funded corporate lobbying campaign pressing for enactment of onerous regulations that will make it more difficult for shareholders to voice disagreement with…

VEA Vice Chair Quoted: Divided SEC Passes Controversial Proxy Advisor Rule

Nell Minow, Vice Chair of ValueEdge Advisors and a co-founder and former president of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), takes a different view on the proxy advisor rules. She told me that the rulemaking procedure is deficient in several different ways, and could be subject to court challenge. Initially, the Commission acted without proper regard…

SEC Commissioner Allison Lee on Her Vote Against the Proxy Advisor Rule

Paying More For Less: Higher Costs for Shareholders, Less Accountability for Management Commissioner Allison Lee photo Commissioner Allison Herren Lee July 22, 2020 At the proposing stage for these rules, I observed that they would harm the governance process and suppress the free and full exercise of shareholder voting rights. Unfortunately, that is still the…

SEC approves new rules for proxy advisers | Financial Times

With a party-line vote, the three Republican SEC Commissioners today approved a slightly less atrocious version of their proxy advisory firm rule. We will be posting more information and further reactions later. The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved new restrictions on proxy advisers but dropped a measure that would have required the…

Proxy adviser ISS recommends vote ‘against’ executive pay at Alphabet – Reuters

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has recommended shareholders of Google-parent Alphabet Inc to vote “against” the company’s proposed executive pay at its annual meet in June, according to a report seen by Reuters on Thursday. “The compensation committee has demonstrated poor stewardship of pay programs as evidenced by recurring concerns of outsized awards that are not…

Supplemental Comments on SEC Proposed Rules: Proxy Advisors and Shareholder Proposals

ValueEdge Advisors has submitted two more supplemental comments on the SEC’s proposed rules on proxy advisory firms and shareholder proposals. We are grateful to James McRitchie for giving us permission to include his excellent research on the support for governance-related shareholder proposals. The full text of both comments are linked below. SEC supplemental comment on…

ISS: 2020 Climate Policy Proxy Voting Guidelines

ISS has released its new climate policy recommendations for voting proxies. The full text is below. An excerpt: Sustainability Reporting The concept of sustainability is commonly understood as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Indeed, the term sustainability is complex and poses…

VEA’s Second Supplemental Comment to the SEC on Proposed Proxy Advisor Rule

A second supplemental comment, reflecting new information and responses to some of the other comments: 1. Further Evidence that Corporate Claims of Zombie “Robo-Voting” are Bunk: We have noted previously that assertions that fund managers “robo-vote” are unsupported and contrary to the data. The findings of a new study by Lily Tomson of ShareAction prove…